Who I am
I am a humane and compassionate man who has spent most of the last 20 years working to help many of my fellow men and women who were dejected, heartbroken, or ill at ease, find peace of mind and a new zest for living. I have done my work in the voluntary sector, the NHS, and in private practice and I have taught counselling in further education colleges up to Foundation Degree level.
What I do
I work both in fixed term short episodes of counselling and longer term psychotherapy. I work with people who have been bereaved, depressed, stressed, or anxious, with people who have suffered life-changing trauma, and sometimes with people who have experienced medically unexplained physical symptoms, such as IBS, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain.
How I do it
I have a box of tools. It contains all the different models of therapy I have learned over the years since I began my counselling studies. But as important as the tools I use are, is the way I use them that makes the difference. I use them with compassion and humanity, with a non-judgemental attitude to my clients (“there but for the grace of God…”), and with empathy. Finally, the way I use them is moderated by all the life experiences I have had on my way to becoming who I am now.
Where I do it
On Tuesday and Wednesday each week I have a clinic in Central Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens) where I see clients between 9am and 7pm. And on Thursday and Friday I have a "virtual" clinic using the videoconferencing app Zoom, where again I offer appointments between 9am and 7pm.
How to get help
If you are struggling to understand what life is about at the moment; if you are ready to make living simpler, less stressed and easier to cope with, phone or email me now, to book an appointment so I can assess your needs and begin to help you reclaim your peace of mind and your joy for living.
Clients seek therapy for various reasons, but the most common problems that brought many of the clients I have worked with to therapy are:
• Anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
• Depression, including postnatal depression and pervasive sadness.
• Couple and relationship issues including restoration of trust following affairs, or when the relationship is irreparably broken, enabling separation or divorce to take place with the minimum of distress to both partners.
• Bereavement, loss and unresolved grief.
• Addictions including alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping/shoplifting, exercise and work. (Eating disorders also fall within this classification.)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following RTC's, life-threatening accidents, extreme violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse, difficult childbirth, or periods of severe pain.
• Stress resulting from workplace, financial and interpersonal difficulties.
• Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms such as chronic pain, phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, IBS or chronic fatigue.
Most of the clients I see resolve their issues satisfactorily within the 4 to 12 appointment model of time-limited counselling, but other clients I work with (some of whom have been discharged by the NHS with issues still unresolved) need longer term psychotherapy to help them alleviate their problems.
I mainly work with adults (over the age of 18) of both sexes and both gay and straight, on a one-to-one basis, unless I am working with a couple trying to resolve difficulties within their relationship.
Areas with easy access to treatment venues
My practice in Central Manchester is within easy reach of all the towns in Greater Manchester including: in the South, Stockport, Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Hazel Grove, Hyde and Wythenshaw; in the North, Bury, Radcliffe, Whitefield, Prestwich, Heywood and Middleton; in the West, Altrincham, Hale, Timperley, Sale, Urmston, Carrington, Cadishead, Partington, Irlam, Eccles, Worsley, Swinton, Bolton, Westhoughton, Atherton, Tyldsley; and in the East, Oldham, Failsworth, Ashton, Mossley, Stalybridge, Royton and Shaw.
Whilst my Rochdale practice covers Rochdale borough and the Rossendale Valley including Rawtenstall, Waterfoot, Bacup and Whitworth; Littleborought, Todmorden and and the Calder Valley are also in easy travelling distance.